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California Dude Ranches

6/25/2014 1:15:45 PM

When planning a vacation within the State of California, there are obvious, predictable tourist destinations. There are also some ultra expensive luxury vacations, specifically designed to be appealing to the rich and famous, yet unaffordable for most travelers, particularly families. However, many individuals, couples and families have crossed over the boundaries of what is common, exercised a little adventure, stayed within their budgets, and created lifetime memories by choosing an incredible California dude ranch vacation. A dude ranch vacation can be relaxing, with plenty of unscheduled time to just sit back and enjoy the peaceful natural surroundings. It can also be an action filled adventure with horseback riding, fishing, hiking, rafting and more. California dude ranches abound with choices for travelers with either style of vacation in mind, and most often they offer the perfect blend of both.

California dude ranches
Photo Courtesy of Coffee Creek Ranch

The Coffee Creek Ranch, located in Northern California is 367 acres of natural, pristine wilderness that lies along the banks of the Coffee Creek. For fly fishing enthusiasts, this is a dream location. If pack riding or shorter trail riding is more your style, they tailor to suit your needs to ensure your expectations are exceeded. Everything about Coffee Creek, from their comfortable and cozy cabin accommodations, to their freshly prepared, delicious  hearty meals says they want to be sure their guests stays are truly enjoyable. With budget friendly options, Coffee Creek is definitely a contender for one of the best guests ranches in California.

Coffee Creek Ranch

Howard Creek Ranch Inn is another California dude ranch offering truly amazing options for adventurous travelers. There are Pacific beaches, mountains, the California Redwoods and so much more awaiting to be discovered at this 60 acre ranch located on the Mendocino coast. With horseback riding that can include beach or mountain rides, and plenty of options for vacationers that seek relaxation too, Howard Creek Ranch is a true gem. With a lovely variety of unique comfortable rooms, a breakfast menu that is sure to delight and incredible outdoor activities - Howard Creek is a favorite that guests return to year after year.

Howard Creek Ranch Inn

Marble Mountain Ranch is unparalleled in their ability to offer ‘sea to summit adventures’. Whether it is  awe inspiring views on a mountain trail ride, steelhead fly fishing, white water rafting or even a jet boat tour into the Pacific ocean - Marble Mountain Ranch has it all! One can hardly believe that with all the activities, the superb dining, and the lodging that is sure to satisfy - they keep their regular prices affordable, and promote discounted rates for specials throughout the season.

Marble Mountain Ranch

California is a state with so much beauty, and variety. Taking advantage of the ‘natural playground’ at one of the dude ranches in California is an ideal way to leave the worries and stresses behind - and enjoy some family time, one on one time, or even just ‘me’ time. Travel back in time to the days of the ‘old west’, but with all the convenience and comforts we have to enjoy now at a dude ranch in California! When planning a vacation within the State of California, there are obvious, predictable tourist destinations. There are also some ultra expensive luxury vacations, specifically designed to be appealing to the rich and famous, yet unaffordable for most travelers, particularly families. However, many individuals, couples and families have crossed over the boundaries of what is common, exercised a little adventure, stayed within their budgets, and created lifetime memories by choosing an incredible California dude ranch vacation. A dude ranch vacation can be relaxing, with plenty of unscheduled time to just sit back and enjoy the peaceful natural surroundings. It can also be an action filled adventure with horseback riding, fishing, hiking, rafting and more. California dude ranches abound with choices for travelers with either style of vacation in mind, and most often they offer the perfect blend of both.

Best Peanut Butter Bars

2/5/2014 12:02:58 PM

You can't beat peanut butter and chocolate for being one of the most classic and delicious flavor combinations. Here is White Stallion Ranch's secret recipe for their yummy peanut butter bars. It'll surely be hard to keep these peanut butter treats around for too long.

Peanut Butter Bars
White Stallion Ranch's Peanut Butter Bars

¾ c. shortening
¾ c. peanut butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 ¼ c. flour
1 ¼ c. oatmeal
¾ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
1 c. chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees
  2. Cream the shortening, peanut butter and sugar until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla, combine well.
  4. Sift together the flour, oatmeal, soda and salt.
  5. Add  the flour mixture into the creamed mixture.
  6. Spread the dough by hand over greased and floured 9”x13” baking pan.
  7. Bake 15 minutes until sill chewy. Immediately sprinkle on the chocolate chips and spread over the bars when melted. Swirl topping (recipe follows) over the chocolate.
  8. Cut into squares and serve
Peanut Butter Topping

1 c. powdered sugar
½ c. peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
2-4 Tbs. Milk, as needed

Beat topping ingredients well, using enough milk to get a creamy consistency, then swirl over the chocolate.

Red Horse Mountain Ranch Resort

11/4/2013 6:21:30 PM

Have you ever wanted to ride off into the sunset with your pals? The Red Horse Mountain Ranch, hidden away in the scenic mountains of Idaho, gives you the opportunity to do that and a lot more. It is a picturesque, family-friendly dude ranch that offers vacationers the opportunity to take pleasure in the great western outdoors, spend some quality time with family and friends, and enjoy an iconic experience.

Red Horse Mountain Ranch
Gorgeous scenery at Red Horse Mountain Ranch

Red Horse Mountain Ranch offers the following amenities:

  • rustic and luxurious accommodations
  • chef prepared meals
  • horseback rides for adults and kids over 3 years of age
  • whitewater rafting
  • mountain biking,
  • downhill mountain biking
  • scenic boat rides
  • fishing trips
  • fly casting lessons
  • a 3D archery trail
  • hikes, swimming and kayaking
But if you are looking for a laid back vacation style, then this dude ranch has plenty for you as well. They also offer a romantic getaway for couples. It comes complete with the cozy suites, beautifully designed meals, hot tubs, and the memorable experience of being tucked away in a far off ranch nestled on 300,000 acres of Idaho’s Rocky Mountains.

Red Horse Mountain Ranch
Romantic cabin at Red Horse Mountain Ranch

And then there are the Girl’s Getaway weeks held twice a year. Ladies are invited to enjoy the company of their best friend on the beautiful surroundings of the ranch, doing activities that they absolutely love.

Red Horse Mountain Ranch
Girl time at Red Horse Mountain Ranch

When you are looking for a dude ranch experience that is perfect for the whole family, you can’t go wrong with the Red Horse Mountain Ranch Resort!

Breakfast Ride Potatoes

7/23/2013 10:42:50 AM

This great breakfast recipe is courtesy of White Stallion Ranch a dude ranch in Arizona. It's very easy to put together and you can  prepare the potatoes and bacon ahead of time so that you can serve these quicker to the hungry masses in the morning. Serves 10-12

Breakfast Potatoes
Breakfast Ride Potatoes   

  1. At 350 degrees bake 8 medium size potatoes, buttering the tops first.  Cool the potatoes overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Fry or bake 10 pieces of bacon until they are crisp.
  3. Dice the potatoes to the desired size.
  4. Crumble the crisp bacon into the dices potatoes.
  5. Season the potatoes with:2 Tbs. paprika, 1 Tbs. onion salt, 1 Tbs. Granulated onion, 1 Tbs. pepper
  6. Mix the potatoes in a little oil in a medium heated cast iron skillet - over a mesquite fire in the breathtaking SonoranDesert at the White Stallion Ranch! - Until they are browned and hot.
  7. Ready to serve!
 

Can I Really Relax At A Dude Ranch?

4/22/2013 11:57:30 AM

Dude ranches - aren’t they places where you actually do ranch work? So, what makes them popular vacation places anyway? Many people are quite hesitant about dude ranch vacations because they think they won’t be able to relax. Contrary to what most people believe, staying in a ranch or farm does not mean that you will be staying in run-down cabins or feeding the horses. There is a wide range of accommodation options when it comes to choosing dude ranches. If you are up for that really rustic and hands-on experience, then there are ranches like that. In places like these, you can expect to go about the day just like the wranglers and cowboys do.

Accommodations are usually barebones, but comfortable of course. Meals are home-cooked and prepared just like they are every day. Here, you get to do ranch chores and get your hands dirty. If you are thinking of relaxing and unwinding though, then you do not have to worry. There are larger dude ranches that are designed as vacation destinations. If you are not up for horseback riding or animal grooming, you can unwind by getting a massage, swimming in the pool or playing golf. Or, you can stay in your cozy room or cabin while your spouse or children frolic about and enjoy the outdoors.

Meadowlake Ranch in Oklahoma is located just west of Tulsa, Oklahoma. They have over 1,000 acres of rolling hills, prairie meadows, waterfalls, spring-fed lakes and limestone bluffs.

There are activities for all ages. You can fish, hike, canoe, swim, ride horses, throw tomahawks, rope a straw calf, shoot a bow & arrow, pitch horseshoes, shoot a rifle and pistol or go on a hayride.

Meadow Lake Ranch

All cabins are heated and air conditioned w/ a full kitchen, modern bathroom, king size bed and queen or king futon, TV w/ DVD player, stereo system and patio. You can also stay in an authentic Indian tipi. Indian tipis feature a chiminea for evening campfire and sleep up to 6 on padded cots. 3 private bathrooms are nearby w/ hot showers, modern toilet, sink, mini-fridge & microwave, plus charcoal grills on the lodge patio.

Tipis and Meadowlake Ranch

Echo Valley Ranch is located in British Columbia and is a luxury resort that combines the best of East and West. The fusion of eastern and western influences is best seen at the spa, where both western massage and Thai treatments soothe muscles and mind

Echo Valley Ranch Spa
The spa at Echo Valley Ranch

The dining options encompass dishes from east and west, fueled by produce from the ranch livestock and kitchen garden. Meals are all prepared by their on site gourmet chef.

Echo Valley Ranch Food
Gourmet Food at Echo Valley Ranch

Other activities aside from horseback riding include hiking, bird watching and fly-fishing, as well as trips to white water rafting and golf. Winter options range from snowshoeing to ice fishing and snowmobiling. Echo Valley is an idyllic spot for weddings and elopements, and caters to meetings and retreats for corporate groups. These are just two examples of how you can easily relax on a dude ranch vacation. Dude ranch vacations truly have something for everyone as long as you select a dude ranch that has activities and amenities to suit your vacation style.

Ranchseeker can assist you in finding that perfect dude ranch by providing you access to our database of dude ranches, all free! Just use our handy dude ranch search engine.

Shangrila Guest Ranch

3/6/2013 8:02:58 AM

RanchSeeker would like to welcome a new Virginia Guest ranch to our website. Guest ranches in Virginia attract visitors with its rich history (it's the birthplace of eight US presidents), and the fact that the state has five distinct geographical and geological regions. Shangrila Guest Ranch, located in South Boston Virginia, is known for its true southern hospitality.

Catering to couples, families and groups the Shangrila Guest Ranch has one goal in mind: to accommodate each individual on a personal level while ensuring a pleasant, memorable vacation experience. Shangrila Guest Ranch is one of Virginia’s year-round guest ranches. Accommodations at Shangrila Guest Ranch are varied and offer rustic charm with the addition of modern conveniences. All lodgings have a view of horse pastures and provide an ideal haven for visitors to relax. With activities all year long no matter what your favourite season is there is always something fun for singles, couples and families to do. Children love the guest ranch whether they are collecting eggs from the chickens; feeding the ducks and other farm animals the farm experience provides an excellent opportunity for quality time together.

Shangrila Guest Ranch
Shangrila Guest Ranch

Horseback riding is the featured activity at Shangrila Guest Ranch offering a variety of riding opportunities, however, the majority of guests start with little to no riding experience. All rides are guided and accompanied by experienced trail guides. You choose the kind of outing that best fits your schedule - anywhere from a one to two-hour ride, or an all-day ride with lunch on the trail. This is determined by your group and what you are comfortable with.

Shangrila Guest Ranch
Shangrila Guest Ranch

Shangrila Guest Ranch provides a family oriented atmosphere in a country setting. Take the time to slow down and enjoy life..... and take the memories with you of a lifetime!

Happy Trails!! 

Shangrila Guest Ranch
Shangrila Guest Ranch

The Hideout Guest Ranch

2/17/2013 1:27:24 PM

The Hideout Guest Ranch is an upscale guest ranch, located in the little hamlet of Shell, Wyoming (population 50), at the entrance of the majestic Shell Canyon and Big Horn National Forest in North-Central Wyoming. Wyoming’s nickname is the “Cowboy State,” and it’s no wonder. This beautiful region is filled with wilderness areas and a true Old West feel.

Wyoming dude ranches live up to the Cowboy State name in every way imaginable. Accommodations and the level of service at The Hideout Guest Ranch make this guest ranch more like a boutique than your typical ranch. With two culinary schooled chefs the food is Western gourmet style and always something to remember. Most of The Hideout's riding and activities staff is year-around, which makes them very personable and experienced with the area. Experienced and non-experienced riders will feel at home here there are miles and miles of trails to ride on private, National Forest and BLM land in a variety of scenery.

When it comes to riding this is not a nose to tail ranch. Guests have the opportunity to participate in an authentic working cattle and cowboy experience with cattle drives round-ups, and branding.

Accomodations at The Hideout Guest Ranch
Accomodations at The Hideout Guest Ranch

Other activities include trapshooting, natural horsemanship and stockmanship clinics, massage, hot tub, fishing, hiking, canoeing, equine massage initiation, culinary classes, art events, photography clinics, guided visits to Yellowstone National Park, Cody, The Buffalo Bill Museum, Cody Nite Rodeo and much more!!  Are you interested in paleontology, archeology or geology? If so, you can participate in a walking, guided tour of the nearby Red Gulch Dinosaur Track site with a local expert. During the summer months, it is not unusual to meet with international scientists exploring and working on the many geological sites for which Wyoming is world renowned.

Horseback riding at The Hideout Guest Ranch
Horseback riding at The Hideout Guest Ranch

The Hideout Guest Ranch is the ideal vacation for family and friends alike though during the months of September and May it is mostly adult orientated. Wonderful food, fine horses, great adventures, and genuine western hospitality all await you at The Hideout. For your next guest ranch vacation consider The Hideout Guest Ranch!

Autumn Guest Ranch Vacation Specials

8/30/2011 11:28:45 AM

How about a guest ranch vacation in the Fall? It has never been so affordable than now with several guest ranches on RanchSeeker offering great Fall discounts.

Elk Mountain Guest Ranch Buena Vista, Colorado, United States

Special Offer: Adult Only Weeks - No additional charge for single stays at the guest ranch

Weeks of September 4 and 11, 2011 are Adult-Only Weeks. Limited to 20 guests with a focus on riding and relaxing. Additional 10% charge for single occupancy is waived during these weeks.

Offer valid: September 4, 2011 through September 18, 2011


 Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch Yucca, Arizona, United States

Special Offer: 25% discount for stays in October and November at our guest ranch

Special 25% discount for stays between October 2-6, October 23-28 and November 13-17. No minimum night stay requirement. Offer valid on reservations made after August 24, 2011.

Offer valid: August 24, 2011 through November 17, 2011


    Tod Mountain Guest Ranch Heffley Creek, British Columbia, Canada

Special Offer: Labour Day Weekend At the Fall Fair & Rodeo

$845 per person. Arrive Friday after 4pm for Dinner. On Saturday after breakfast we will head to Barriere to the Fall Fair & Rodeo. Spend the morning exploring the various exhibits and shows. Enjoy lunch straight out of the chuckwagon and then take in the Rodeo, Chariot Racing and Chuckwagon Racing. After the Rodeo we will have dinner at a local restaurant before returning to the guest ranch. Enjoy a full day of riding on Sunday and take one last morning ride on Monday. Depart Monday after lunch.

Offer valid: September 2, 2011 through September 5, 2011

Special Offer: Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend - $745 per person

Arrive Friday after 4pm for Dinner. Enjoy a variety of trail rides on Saturday and Sunday with one last ride on Monday morning. Take advantage of the facilities and activities at the ranch throughout your stay and enjoy a special Thanksgiving Feast prepared by our resident Chef on Sunday. Depart Monday after lunch.

Offer valid: October 7, 2011 through October 10, 2011


     Tierra Chamahua Eco Adventures at Rancho Los Baños northeast Sonora, Arizona, United States

Special Offer: Pristine Wilderness Backcountry Horseback Riding

$898/guest for 7 nights/8 days, all inclusive, double occupancy, with 4 full days of riding (4-6 hours), in addition to 2-3 days of riding at 3 hours/day. Non full days of riding can be made full days of riding for $30/day/guest. Single occupancy rate is $1038. With 30,000 acres as your playground, backcountry horseback riding at Rancho Los Baños guest ranch offers world-class riding, full of challenge, thrills, and fun in remote, rugged, vast mountains, hills, canyons and unsurpassed, unspoiled nature.

Offer valid: August 15, 2011 through May 15, 2012

Special Offer: Couples' Four Night Adventure Special

Offering 4 Nights/5 Days ($990/couple) guest ranch packages for couples, all inclusive daily rate. Enjoy hiking,backcountry horseback riding, trekking, canyoneering, bouldering, mountain biking, boxed canyons, petroglyphs, wildlife spotting, ecotours, jeeping, Dark Skies, birdwatching, kayaking (lake/river), fishing, rest and relaxation, tranquility, serenity and a pristine, scenic wilderness that is unlike anything else out there.

Offer valid: August 15, 2011 through May 15, 2012

Special Offer: Ladies' Special (Especial de las Señoritas)

Take advantage of our Ladies Special: $115/night, all inclusive Daily Rate, based on double occupancy, minimum four night stay, for two or more Ladies. Enjoy hiking,backcountry horseback riding, trekking, canyoneering, bouldering, mountain biking, boxed canyons, petroglyphs, wildlife spotting, ecotours, jeeping, Dark Skies, birdwatching, kayaking (lake/river), fishing, rest and relaxation, tranquility, serenity and a pristine, scenic wilderness that is unlike anything else out there.

Offer valid: August 15, 2011 through May 15, 2012

Special Offer: Five and Six Night Adventure Specials 5 Nights/6 Days: $599/guest double occupancy; $699 single occupancy, all inclusive. 6 Nights/7 Days: $705/guest double occupancy; $825 single occupancy, all inclusive. Enjoy hiking,backcountry horseback riding, trekking, porching, bouldering, biking, boxed canyons, petroglyphs, wildlife, ecotours, jeeping, Dark Skies, birdwatching, kayaking (lake/river), fishing, rest and relaxation, tranquility, serenity and a pristine, scenic wilderness that is unlike anything else out there.

Offer valid: August 15, 2011 through May 15, 2012


 Happy Trails!  

Dude Ranch Vacation Specials for May and June

5/18/2011 10:59:00 AM

How about a dude ranch vacation in the Spring? It has never been so affordable than now with several dude ranches on RanchSeeker offering great Spring discounts on dude ranch vacation packages.

The Hideout Guest Ranch & Resort, Shell,Wyoming, USA.

Weekend Special: Want to get-away for a quick cowboy vacation? June 12-15, 2011 is your chance to live the cowboy life for a long weekend. All-inclusive 3 night dude ranch adventure package .

Pricing: $1480 per person/double occupancy plus tax and gratuity.

Offer valid: November 1, 2010 through June 6, 2011


 White Stallion Ranch,Tuscon, Arizona,USA

Special Offer: Summer Bonanza

This special is as golden as the desert in bloom. Bask in the warm early summer sun and enjoy the multitudes of desert blossoms. Escape to a stress free, safe haven at this dude ranch for a few days. No worry about what to do, where to eat or what to wear. Four nights in a double is $1188.00 and seven nights is $1974.00 plus tax and 14% service charge. Special single and third person in a room packages also available. Rates are for best room available at the time of booking.

Offer valid: May 22, 2011 through June 12, 2011  

Spotted Horse Ranch, Jackson, Wyoming,USA

Special Offer: Off Season Discount

15% off all dude ranch stays from May 15th-June 12th or October 1st-15th! Enjoy the same service and hospitality with the discounted rate!

Offer valid: May 15, 2011 through June 12, 2011  

Bar W Guest Ranch, Whitefish,Montana,USA

Special Offer: 10% discount on select summer weeks!

The Bar W Guest Ranch is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in one of the most scenic areas in the northwest. You will be able to experience the best of both worlds, a lifetime dream at a Guest Ranch and the opportunity to explore the wide open wilderness. 10% discount is valid for the following weeks: : June 19-25, July 10-16, , Aug. 21-17 and Aug.28-Sept. 3.

Offer valid: April 9, 2011 through June 1,2011

Special Offer: 15% off Spring Cattle Drive

At the Bar W, we have created a cattle drive adventure that rounds out all of the experiences of a cattle round-up. Having participated in traditional cattle drives, we wanted our guests to experience the “best of” what a cattle drive offers. This 7 night  dude ranch vacation package is all inclusive and is the most authentic western experience! Give us a call for availability.

Offer valid: April 9, 2011 through May 20, 2011

Warner Guiding Outfitting,Banff,Alberta, Canada

Special Offer: Select Trips on Sale

Please visit our website www.horseback.com to view select backcountry rides on sale now. Savings of 20%! It's not too late to plan your dream dude ranch vacation.

Offer valid: April 22, 2011 through August 27, 2011


Stagecoach Trails,Yucca,Arizona,USA

Special Offer: 10th Anniversary special for stays in May and July

Single occupancy $119 per night Double occupancy $89 per person/per night Children ages 4-11 $69 per person/per night. No minimum night requirement. Offer valid on dude ranch vacation bookings made after April 18,2011.

Offer valid: May 1, 2011 to May 31st and  July 15th -31st, 2011  

Tod Mountain Ranch,Heffley Creek,B.C.,Canada

Special Offer: May Long Weekend - $745 per person

Arrive Friday after 4pm for Dinner. Enjoy full days of riding on Saturday and Sunday and take one last morning ride on Monday. Relax and enjoy the facilities and activities at the dude ranch throughout your stay. Depart Monday after lunch.

Offer valid: May 20, 2011 through May 23, 2011  

Elk Mountain Ranch,Buena Vista, Colorado, USA

Special Offer: Youngest Child 1/2 Price with Two Paying Adults

It's not too late to book that unforgettable summer dude ranch vacation that you have always wanted to give your family.

Offer available for select weeks in 2011.  Must book by May 30th.  Valid on new bookings only.  Cannot be combined with any offers or promotions available for select weeks in 2011.  Must book by May 30th.  Valid on new bookings only.  Cannot be combined with any offers or promotions.

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